Despair & Disillusionment

This very special DESPAIR & DISILLUSIONMENT thread commemorates the greatest psy-op ever attempted against Heaven’s beloved, mankind.


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Think’s Thoughts

Imagine being Peter, seeing the miracles, the honor given to his teacher, the wild popularity with the people, and then, Jesus explains all of this is going to change.

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Mark 8:31-33

Peter feels he must help his teacher out. Jesus must be tired and have made a mistake. It’s hard to imagine the intensity of the sting of that rebuke from Jesus. Peter, soon to be the rock of the church, had been the mouthpiece of satan? Ouch.

But Jesus then pivots and turns this into a teaching moment Peter would never forget.

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 3What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:34-38

And then the ministry starts to get really busy. I wonder if Peter forgot those words in the whirlwind of activity, or did he in quiet moments would revisit that stinging encounter and try to make sense of it all?

Later on, Jesus would tell the parable of the tenants.

“A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
Mark 12:1b-8

Would that story haunt Peter’s dreams?

Then, in Bethany, a woman pours a very expensive perfume on Jesus’ head, scandalizing all present, excepting Jesus. Again Jesus patiently explains what is coming.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6-9

This is when Judas snapped. He’d been following a madman. How could the Son of God be talking of defeat and death this way?

But Jesus did indeed suffer humiliation, torture, and death. Afterwards his closest disciples are ashamed at their lack of courage and in deep grief. His betrayer, Judas, hangs himself in despair.

The disciples of Jesus have taken a gut punch. The women following Jesus have proven to have much more courage than the men. What embarrassment! The only leadership shown was by Joseph of Arimathea, not in the inner circle at all,  who boldly goes to Pilate and asks for the body of Jesus and gave some dignity to him in his death.

The disillusionment stung. The grief nearly unbearable. Such a dark fog of evil swirling around them, that they can’t even remember the promise he gave to rise on the third day.

While Christ is plundering hell, his disciples grieve.

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realsauce

Much appreciated TTT

wolfmoon1776

Thank you! BIG Holy Week this year, and you’ve covered it wonderfully! <3

trumpismine

T*3, it’s hard for me to imagine the thoughts of the disciples as they try to interpret the teachings of Christ other than the love of God for his Son which is so evident.
Mortal we are and walking with the Son of God on this earth would take some time to comprehend…maybe?
Happy Easter all, t.i.m.

grandmaintexas

And Jesus kept marveling at their lack of understanding. He showed them so many proofs but their “hearts were hardened.” I try to always pray for a fleshy ❤. Think, thank you. Funny, but Grandpa and myself have been reading Mark each night. A God-incidence. ☺

grandmaintexas

Wow. That is wonderful to know.

wheatietoo

Thank you, TTT, for sharing your reflection on this with us.
It is quite profound…and even dare I say, a bit of a cautionary tale for us at this point in our time.
There really is no difference between us flawed humans today and the ones who lived 2000 yrs ago.
We are still given to the same despair and disillusionment that our forebears were given to.
Thanks again, T*3, for all the work you’ve done this week on these wonderful Holy Week threads!
🥰😘😍

TheseTruths

“Such a dark fog of evil swirling around them, that they can’t even remember the promise he gave to rise on the third day.”
I can identify with this. It’s easy to look back and wonder why they didn’t remember, but in their humanity they were not used to expecting miracles, even after witnessing many done by Jesus. They learned, though, grew in their faith, and were given grace to perform miracles themselves.
I always marvel that the God of Christianity loves his creation and wants us to know that He loves us.

Marica

T3!! You have truly touched me with your wonderful posts thoughout Holy Week!!! I can SO relate to Peter (I think he would use lots of exclamation points and emojis too)–He pretty much had no filter and was so very passionate! But when push came to shove–He Denied! (I always pray that I would not be like Peter) yet, Until you are in that position in that moment–who KNOWS? (Oh yeah, God does! 😏) But in the end–with all his flaws–Jesus loved him dearly…And that gives ME HOPE!!!
Thank you for bring the messages of hope to our awesome TREE!!! Hugs and Happy Easter T3– good and kind and Deep soul!!!😘

grandmaintexas

And Jesus kept marveling at their lack of understanding. He showed them so many proofs but their “hearts were hardened.” I try to always pray for a fleshy ❤. Think, thank you. Funny, but Grandpa and myself have been reading Mark each night. A God-incidence. ☺

OUkid75

Stripped, whipped, bloody, humiliated, nailed to a cross – the powers and authorities thought they had made a public spectacle of this upstart prophet from Galilee. But Colossians 2:15 says “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Not a helpless victim but a invincible victor, and all for our sakes, to restore us to the family of God. What incredible love he has lavished on us! Tomorrow is Sunday – and he is risen indeed.

Sylvia Avery

Thank you for this. Wow. I can so relate to the doubt and confusion of the disciples.
You have made this such a reflective, beautiful Holy Week for us. So meaningful. You have done a tremendous service for us. Thank you.

GA/FL

About the sculpture The Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino, 1753, and the Sansevero chapel where it resides.
https://twistedsifter.com/2018/04/museo-cappella-sansevero-naples-italy/

SteveInCO

“Despair and Disillusionment”
—whew, for a while I thought we were taking ads from the Eeyore Tree.

GA/FL

In one of her last performances, Mahalia Jackson sings The Lord’s Prayer with all her heart….nothing held back.

GA/FL

Were You There?

GA/FL

Another – trio Pegasis